What does the Bible mean when it uses the term "spiritual food"? (1_Cor_10:4) Is it important to understand the term?

The Bible claims [and we believe] it was written by men under the influence of holy spirit: We have faith, then, the Bible was written actually by God. (2 Peter 1:21) That is what the term "spiritual food" means and conveys.

Very simply stated: Spiritual food is the message contained in the Bible; and the Bible is the one and only reliable source of spiritual food! Having that knowledge is most important, because to fail to understand that simple truth can lead to your being misguided. (John 17:3 ; Mark 12:24 ; Matthew 7:21-23) Recognizing what is and is not spiritual food means your life! What scriptures though, give credence to such a belief?

Please notice the Bible sometimes uses eating in a symbolic way. Jesus, for instance, told his first century followers to eat his body and drink his blood. (John 6:53 ; Matthew 26:26-28) Clearly, Jesus did not intend them literally to eat him, but to strive to become like him, to strive to know what he knew. To further help us arrive at that meaning, Jesus said "his food" was for him to do the will of his father. (John 4:34) In similar fashion, "our food" is to learn from and follow Christ. (John 17:3 & 6-10) In the Bible, Christ is referred to as the manna, or bread of life (John 6:48-51) that came down from heaven. (John 6:31-35) Those scriptures define the Bible as spiritual food: The Bible is inspired by God and thus came down from heaven [from our Father] as did the manna and the water which provided food [and life] for the Jews in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:3-4) The Bible thus compares our feeding on Christ (our learning what he taught) to the Jews eating the literal manna that came down from heaven and fed them for forty years in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:14-18 & 31 ; John 6:28-33 ; Exodus 16:35) The teachings of Jesus are life sustaining for us, just as that literal manna proved to be food for the Jews. Jesus is also referred to as the word of God. (Revelation 19:13) The Bible, as the word of God, then, is the spiritual food coming down from heaven which we today must feed on. (1 Corinthians 10:3) Since the central theme of the Bible centers on salvation through faith in Christ, our studying the Bible is comparable to eating the body of Christ; Because Jesus gave his life to bring us faith built upon what is recorded about him in the Bible. As we study and learn what he sacrificed his life to give us, we consume the value of his life. We are sustained and gain life by our doing so. When Jesus was doing the preaching work, people sat at his feet to learn what he had to say. Since Jesus died and was resurrected to heaven, studying the record of what he taught is the closest we can come to gathering at his body. In other words: Our studying the Bible is as close as we can get to sitting at Jesus feet and being taught by him personally. It is encouraging to note: When Jesus taught people, he also healed their infirmities (Luke 6:17-31) and fed them physically, (John 6:5-11) so they could be free to think about what he taught them [what he fed them spiritually]. It is even more encouraging to note the Bible identifies a time when a physical healing would again accompany "feeding on Christ's body." (John 11:25-26) That is the hope of eagles for our day. (Luke 17:37 ; Isaiah 40:29-31 ; Job 33:24-25) Our lives depend on our feeding on Christ in that way. Feeding on Christ is what defines one to be Christian; manifest in the love for others which Bible knowledge empowers one to display. (John 13:34-35)

It is only "spiritual food" which is alive and exerts power: The words Jesus spoke have life in that they grant ability to judge ourselves by means of our own conscience. (Hebrews 4:12 ; Romans 2:15-16 ; John 12:48 ; Luke 7:48-50) As we learn what Jesus taught, and build faith we will have salvation through our obedience to those teachings, it will become so. (Matthew 24:36-39 ; Matthew 8:13) The men and women to whom Jesus spoke are all long dead of course, but the salvation of the righteous will reward them by means of the resurrection; Just as it will be a reward for those feeding on Christ at his return. Thus, many of those fortunate to be alive at Christ's return, and wise enough to be feeding on his word, will never die at all. (John 11:26) Bible prophecy seems to indicate that is our day!

John was told in Revelation to take a little scroll and eat it up, so he might know and be able to share what was in that scroll. (Revelation 10:8-11 & Ezekiel 2:9-3:6) In like manner, we eat spiritual food in the form of the word of God [the teachings of Christ Jesus]. All these scriptures, then, make clear what the Bible means by "Spiritual Food."

Do not be deceived! Spiritual food is the Bible; and the Bible is the only source of spiritual food! It is only those who are terribly confused, or are apostates, who pronounce their own teachings to be spiritual food! That is one method used by those who strive to go beyond the things written in the Bible! (1 Corinthians 4:6) It is also a method by which the Bible can be hidden in plain sight, as individuals are led to imagine other writings are also spiritual food. Some will assert this is an attempt cast as wicked those who go beyond what is written in the Bible. It is an effort to warn them, as well as warning others about them! Our attempt is to be at one with Jesus and his Father, in their work of dissolving (the darkness of) ignorance away into the light of truth. (Matthew 4:16-17 ; John 10:36-38 ; John 14:20-21 ; John 17:26 ; John 12:48-50) When ignorance is gone, what is left is one of two things: righteousness or stupidity. Jehovah is then free to deal with both of those. (Stupidity is a choosing not to see truth, and that means it is actually wickedness. - Proverbs 1:22-33 ; Proverbs 13:19-20)

Learn what your Bible teaches; for in it are the sayings of life. (John 6:68-69) Become very familiar with Jesus's teachings recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That, then, the words of our Lord; provide spiritual food to nourish and protect you (supported by the balance of the Bible, of course).

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